you wouldn’t guess this but i originally wrote it on the piano at the university of guelph in lennox hall. at the time i felt it was a very bold key change in the bridge going from Cm to Am. i've always liked this song and never have i performed it.


speak like you mean something to me,
like a slave who wants to be free.
don’t bow to me on bended knee.
keep your head up
there are things you should see.

the way that you court disaster saying that you will be mine.
head down you move ever faster to something you *cannot* define.

you’ll know the limits of your cage
by the fact that you feel saved.
nowhere to move, no room to grow.
you can’t see the horizon, you’ve nowhere to go.

the bruises on your filthy skin.
the arguments you will never win.
streets full of rain that would not come.
hands tied while it all comes undone.

the way that you court disaster saying that you will be mine.
asking me to be your master. run while you still have time.


from RADIO FRIENDLY FIRE: Demos 2013​-​14, released December 20, 2014
Written, recorded, and not very produced by Mackenzie Kristjon.



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